Blue Note

~ Label

Annotation

One of the most important jazz label of the 50s/60s. Actual production also stretches toward various electro/remix stuff.

Activity: 1939-1965 (independent) 1965-1979 (as a subsidiary), then revived 1985-today (as a subsidiary)
Production type: original (plus a few recent reissues of subsidiary labels)
Founded by: Alfred Lion & Francis Wolff
Has/had subsidiaries: Capitol Jazz, Pacific Jazz and Roulette Jazz (as Blue Note is now the flagship EMI Group's jazz label)
Current Status:

  • Sold to: Liberty Records (1965), which was bought by United Artists (1969), which was bought by EMI Group (1979)
  • Top parent company: EMI Group
  • Distributed by: Capitol/EMI

Catalog reissued by: Some things appear on Mosaic Records
Additional:
The following detailed explanations are copied from Plosin:
"The Blue Note Modern Jazz Series began in late 1951 with the following 10" monaural LPs. Some of these LPs were later reissued as part of the Blue Note 1500 Series of 12" LPs. At first, recordings were made in various studios in New York (Reeves Sound Studio, WOR Studios, Apex Studios, Audio Video Studios). Beginning in October 1953, however, most Blue Note sessions took place in Rudy van Gelder's home studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. (Van Gelder moved the studio to Englewood Cliffs in early July 1959.) The sessions were produced by Alfred Lion and engineered by Van Gelder, and many LP covers featured photographs by Lion's childhood friend Francis Wolff.
Blue Note made the change to 12" LPs late in 1955. The Modern Jazz Series continued with the following 12" LPs. Most of these were issued in both monaural versions (BLP series) and artificial stereo versions (BST 81000 series). Beginning in 1956 with BLP 1509, Reid Miles designed most of the Blue Note LP covers. Together with Alfred Lion's production, Rudy van Gelder's engineering, and Frank Wolff's photography, Miles' designs defined the Blue Note look and sound. The Blue Note 4000 series began in the mid-1950s with many of the same artists. The 1500 series has been systematically reissued by Toshiba in Japan ("Blue Note Works 1500" series, 20-bit K2 CDs); the catalog numbers are TOCJ-1501, etc. In addition, originally unissued material from these late 50s dates was made available on Toshiba's 1600 series (20-bit K2 CDs).

Toshiba/Blue Note 1600 series
These CDs make available originally unissued material from the sessions which gave us the 1500 series of Blue Note LPs. They are manufactured by Toshiba and employ 20-bit, 88.2 KHz recording technology."

Catalog attempt at the remainder of http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/Jazz/Labels/BlueNote

The label was founded as Blue Note Records and is still called Blue Note Records.

Annotation last modified on 2015-07-20 16:09 UTC.

Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Hank Mobley Hank Mobley Vinyl 5 BLP 1568 [none]
Bass on Top Paul Chambers Vinyl 6 BLP 1569
Dial "S" for Sonny Sonny Clark 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1570
Bud! The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 3 Bud Powell 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 1571
Bone & Bari Curtis Fuller 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1572
City Lights Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1575
Sonny's Crib Sonny Clark 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1576
Blue Train John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1577
Sonny Clark Trio Sonny Clark Trio 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1579
Cliff Craft Clifford Jordan 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1582
Volume 3 Curtis Fuller 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1583
Candy Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1590 [none]
Lou Takes Off Lou Donaldson Vinyl 4 BLP 1591
Newk’s Time Sonny Rollins Vinyl 6 BLP 4001
Hank Mobley Quintet Hank Mobley Vinyl 6 BN 1550
Jimmy Smith Trio + LD Jimmy Smith Trio with Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 7 BNJ 61013
Sonny's Crib Sonny Clark 12" Vinyl 5 BST 8157 [none]
A Date With Jimmy Smith, Volume 1 Jimmy Smith Vinyl 3
The Sermon! Jimmy Smith CD 3
Blue Train John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1577
Back on the Scene Bennie Green 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1587
Blues Walk Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1593
Introducing The Three Sounds, Volume 2 The Three Sounds Vinyl 6 J61019
Cliff Jordan Clifford Jordan Vinyl 5 BLP 1565
Peckin' Time Hank Mobley & Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1574
Here Comes Louis Smith Louis Smith 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1584 [none]
Further Explorations The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1589
Somethin’ Else (mono) Cannonball Adderley 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1595 [none]
Blue Lights, Volume 2 Kenny Burrell 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 1597 [none]
Time Waits: The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 4 Bud Powell 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 1598
Soul Stirrin' Bennie Green 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1599
Introducing the Three Sounds The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 1600
House Party Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4002
Moanin' Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4003
Holiday for Skins, Volume 1 Art Blakey 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4004
Holiday for Skins, Volume 2 Art Blakey 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4005
Blues In Trinity Dizzy Reece 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4006
The Scene Changes: The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 5 Bud Powell 12" Vinyl 9 BLP 4009
Light Foot Lou Donaldson Vinyl 8 BLP 4053
Cool Struttin' Sonny Clark 12" Vinyl 4 BN-1588
Somethin’ Else Cannonball Adderley 12" Vinyl 5 BST-1595 [none]
Sonny Clark Quintets Sonny Clark (unknown) 5
Two Bones Curtis Fuller 12" Vinyl 7
Bottoms Up! The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 8 BST 4014
At the Jazz Corner of the World Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 2×Vinyl 5 + 5 BST 84015, BST 84016
Profile Duke Pearson 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4022 [none]
Fuego / Amen Donald Byrd 7" Vinyl 2 45-1764
And Spotlight on Drums: Art Blakey - Sabu Horace Silver 12" Vinyl 12 BLP 1520 [none]
6 Pieces of Silver The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 1539 [none]
Off to the Races Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4007 [none]
Finger Poppin' With the Horace Silver Quintet The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 4008
Walkin' & Talkin' Bennie Green 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4010
LD + 3 Lou Donaldson with The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4012
New Soil Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4013
Blowin' the Blues Away The Horace Silver Quintet / The Horace Silver Trio 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4017
Byrd in Hand Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4019 [none]
At The Five Spot Cafe Kenny Burrell 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4021 [none]
Star Bright Dizzy Reece 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4023 [none]
Swing, Swang, Swingin' Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4024
The Time Is Right Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4025
Light Foot Lou Donaldson Vinyl 7 BLP 4053
Mack the Knife / The Nearness of You Lou Donaldson 7" Vinyl 2 BLP 45-1752
The Sounds of Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith Vinyl 6 BST 81556
Blowin' the Blues Away Horace Silver 12" Vinyl 7 BST 84017
Home Cookin' Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 7 BST 84050
Soundin' Off Dizzy Reece 12" Vinyl 6 ST-84033
Moods The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 4044 [none]
Live at the Half Note, Volume 2 Donald Byrd with Pepper Adams , Duke Pearson , Laymon Jackson & Lex Humphries 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4061
Blue Hour Stanley Turrentine with The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84057 [none]
A.T.'s Delight Art Taylor CD 6 74237
Movin' & Groovin' Horace Parlan 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 4028
The Big Beat Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 2×12" Vinyl 3 + 3 BLP 4029 [none]
Crazy! Baby Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4030
Soul Station Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4031
Out of the Blue Sonny Red 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 4032
Sunny Side Up Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4036
Us Three Horace Parlan 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4037
Capuchin Swing Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4038
Look Out! Stanley Turrentine 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4039
Open Sesame Freddie Hubbard 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4040
True Blue Tina Brooks 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4041
Horace-Scope The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4042
Speakin' My Piece Horace Parlan Quintet 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4043
A Night in Tunisia Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4049
Jackie's Bag Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4051
Roll Call Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4058
Fuego Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84026
Leeway Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84034
Sunny Side Up Lou Donaldson Vinyl 8 BST 84036
Byrd in Flight Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84048
Here We Come The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 8 BST 84088
Babe's Blues The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 10 BST 84434 [none]
On the Spur of the Moment Horace Parlan CD 8 CDP 7243 8 21735-2
Dexter Calling... Dexter Gordon 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4083 [none]
Hey There! The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 9 BST 84102
Doin' the Thing - At the Village Gate The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4076
Royal Flush Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84101
Mosaic Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Vinyl 5 BST 84090
Free Form Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 5 BLP4118
Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World (Volume 1) Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Vinyl 5 4054